(Boston, MA) – On Wednesday, April 5th, the Massachusetts State Senate voted to approve a $490 million, two-year local road repair funding bill. The bill issues $400 million to fund the state’s Chapter 90 program, $200 million over each fiscal year. It also authorizes $30 million in
bonds to invest in regional transit authorities and transportation options for the elderly and disabled, and $60 million for information technology updates at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) announced that of the $200 million being allocated for fiscal year 2018, towns on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket will be receiving a total of $8,041,348 in funding assistance for local road and bridge repairs.
“Ask any Cape Codder or Islander who drives: they will tell you we have urgent repair needs for local roads and bridges that cannot wait,” said Cyr, “This bill will improve local infrastructure on Route 28, Route 6A, and other byways where drainage, traffic control, bikeway lanes, and sidewalk repair have gone ignored for too long.”
The bill approved by the Senate allocates funds to every town in the Cape and Islands district.
Established in 1973, the state’s Chapter 90 program allocates funding to cities and towns using a formula based on the weighted average of a municipality’s population, employment, and total road miles. The funds are paid out as reimbursements to communities for qualifying projects including resurfacing, guardrails, right-of-way acquisition, landscaping, and purchasing road building machinery.
The Senate bill was sent to the House, where it was routed to a conference committee. Senator Thomas McGee (D-Lynn)